At the age at which most children learn to speak, Mozart had already composed four symphonies, restored 11 classic cars, and built a robot to play against in squash. Catch up to Mozart's accomplishments with today's Groupon: for $79, you get four 30-minute music lessons of your choice at Bergen Academy of Music and Art, redeemable at its locations in Oradell or Park Ridge (a $168 value).
The Bergen Academy provides fine-tuning tutoring for music students of all ages, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, and a multitude of woodwinds. A free 15-minute trial session allows students or their parents to parlay with one of more than 20 potential teachers, introducing musicians to their instruments, the instructors to the instructees, and the instruments to the concept of human companionship.
Lessons teach a variety of musical styles, including classical, rock, and jazz, and teachers develop pupil-personalized methods to cover technique and musicianship. Classes also coach scholars in music theory, ear training, instrument maintenance, and cummerbund-wearing basics. For most sound makers, including guitar, voice, and woodwinds, the minimum pupil age is typically 7 years, but youngsters prone to ivory tickling may also enroll in Piano Toons classes, which foster an appreciation of musical cartooning in 4- to 5-year-old apprentices.
Private symphonious sessions are once a week, and must be taken in consecutive weeks at the same time and day. Those interested should call their selected location to schedule a first lesson.